Kristin Harmon and Ricky Nelson

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Posted by Nancy in Texas

yrs ago
Would you believe that when I was 16 and living in Los Angeles (1963), my dad asked me if I wanted to go to a wedding with him...Tom Harmon, someone apparently my dad knew, invited dad to his daughter`s wedding and it would be a Hollywood wedding, dad said. I said NO because I had no idea who Tom Harmon was -- Kristin and Mark Harmon`s dad and the wedding was Kristin`s and Ricky Nelson. Boy, was I dumb...I had NO idea for years, until I knew who Tom Harmon/Kris Harmon were.


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(20 April 1963 - November 1982) (divorced) 4 children

When she was 12, her father took her to meet Ricky, and she pinned a photo on her
wall and said "someday I will marry him". They started dating in 61, and in April 20 63, they were married. Kris became part of the Ozzie and Harriet show. They had 4 children:

Daughter: Tracy Kristine Nelson was born October 25, 1963, Santa Monica, California

Twin Sons: Gunnar Eric & Matthew Gray Nelson were born September 20, 1967, Santa Monica, California

4th child a Son: Sam Hilliard Nelson was born August 29, 1974, Burbank, California

they are related to actor Mark Harmon the star of NCIS.

At Christmas 1961, Nelson began dating Sharon Kristin "Kris" Harmon (born June 25, 1945), the daughter of football legend Tom Harmon and actress Elyse Knox (née Elsie Kornbrath) and the older sister of Kelly and Mark Harmon. The Nelsons and the Harmons had long been friends, and a union between their children held great appeal. Rick and Kris had much in common: quiet dispositions, Hollywood upbringings, and high-powered, domineering fathers.

They married on April 20, 1963. Kris was pregnant, and Rick later described the union as a "shotgun wedding." Nelson, a nonpracticing Protestant, received instruction in Catholicism at the insistence of the bride's parents and signed a pledge to have any children of the union baptized in the Catholic faith. Kris Nelson joined the television show as a regular cast member in 1963. They had four children: actress Tracy Kristine Nelson, twin sons Gunnar Eric Nelson and Matthew Gray Nelson who formed the band Nelson, and Sam Hilliard Nelson.

By 1975, following the birth of their last child, the marriage had deteriorated and a very public, controversial divorce involving both families was covered in the press for several years. In October 1977, Kris filed for divorce and asked for alimony, custody of their four children, and a portion of community property. The couple temporarily resolved their differences, but Kris retained her attorney to pursue a permanent break. Kris was contentious and jealous. Both spent enormous sums of money: Kris on parties, Rick on renting a private Lear jet. Nelson had a tremendous sexual appetite and a casual attitude toward sex, once estimating he had had sex with thousands of women. Kris wanted Rick to give up music, spend more time at home, and focus on acting, but the family enjoyed a recklessly expensive lifestyle, and Kris's extravagant spending left Rick no choice but to tour relentlessly. The impasse over Rick's career created unpleasantness at home. Kris became an alcoholic and left the children in the care of household help. After years of legal proceedings, they were divorced in December 1982. The divorce was financially devastating for Nelson, with attorneys and accountants taking over $1 million. Years of legal wrangling followed.


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